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Fort Smith Northside quarterback Kodi Burns (6-2, 190), offensive lineman Paul Henry (6-7, 260) and outside linebacker/safety Matt Jones (6-1, 215) are among the state's top football prospects that are on hand for the AAO Top 25 basketball event in Springdale this weekend.

SPRINGDALE - University of Arkansas head football coach Houston Nutt and assistant DannyNutt were at the AAO Top 25 Saturday to watch nephew Logan Nutt of Jonesboro play basketball.

But it never hurts to be around some of the best high school football players in the state either like the Fort Smith Northside trio of quarterback Kodi Burns, offensive lineman Paul Henry and saftey/outside linebacker Matt   Jones and Morrilton star Josh Trezvant.

They were among the 90 or so boys and 60 or so girls prospects hooping it up at the annual AAO event, which started Saturday and will conclude with all-star games Sunday at 3 p.m. at the All-Star Sports Complex.

"I'm just enjoying the competition and staying in shape," Burns said. "It's a lot of good action."

Burns (6-2, 190) is regarded as the state's best senior -to-be signal caller and already has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississppi State, Ole Miss and Arkansas State.

"I don't know yet how I am going to handle it," Burns said of his recruiting. "It's just going to be whoever comes on strong. It's not going to be anytime soon, but it definitely won't be a last-minute thing either."

Obviously Burns knows Arkansas fans have targeted him as a must-have recruit to follow up nabbing Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain in the 2006 class.

"Arkansas is always going to be up there at the top with me because it is my home state and I really like what they have," Burns said. "It is always going to between Arkansas and somebody else. I really do like Arkansas."

Burns will play basketball again with the Arkansas Hawks AAU squad that also features fellow AAO Top 25 participants Michael Sanchez and Nate Rakestraw of Har-Ber, Anthony Allison of Marianna and Little Rock Christian's Gaby Ngoundjo.

They will open the AAU season in early April in Memphis before participating in The Real Deal on the Hill in Northwest Arkansas April 14-16 and a ton of other tournaments that will have them traveling across the country for the competition.

"We're going to be in Maryland, New Jersey, Las Vegas, Atlanta and North Carolina," Burns said. "We are going to be all over the place."

As far as football action, Burns is expecting an invitation to the Nike Elite 11 Quarterback Challenge in California and will attend a team camp at Tulsa. Other than that it's all basketball.

"I will be working on my football and basketball as usual, but the AAU schedule won't allow me to do too much with football," Burns said. "I'll be in shape when football rolls around that's for sure."

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Henry (6-7, 260) also has an offer from Arkansas in addition to ones from Kansas State and Ole Miss.

He got the offer from the Razorbacks during their Junior Day on Feb. 25th.

"I felt great about it," Henry said. "There is a lot to like about them, but it is probably going to take me a long time to make a decision. I want to be sure about things."

Henry will be working on his strength and conditioning this spring and summer.

"I am going to be working on everything," Henry said. "I think there are a lot of areas that I can improve in and I am going to be working hard to do so."


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